Staring at a sub .500 record dead in the eye heading into this Saturday’s epic tilt against the Washington Capitals, things could be a hell of a lot worse for the Vancouver Canucks and their fans.
Statistically speaking, the Sedins are right on track offensively, averaging just over a point per game. Never mind the fact they were invisible in Wednesday’s loss to St. Louis; at least their still on pace for another solid campaign.
Sami Salo has not only stayed healthy, he’s managed to put up as many points as he did last year and in half the games. Is it at all possible that at the age of 37, the affable Finn can best his career-high of 37 points, set back in 2007?
All it really takes is a glance at the individual plus-minus ratings of the Canucks to get an indication of how they’re performing; Salo is a team-best plus-5 and arguably one of the more consistent players on the roster, while Kevin Bieksa’s gaudy minus-9 and Dan Hamhuis’ minus-7 is a proverbial black eye to the once unbreakable Canucks shutdown unit. At minus-six, Manny Malhotra isn’t exactly immune to criticism, either.
But I digress. It may be another case of the Octobers for Vancouver, which include symptoms of sluggish starts and mental fatigue, but things could be worse for the Canucks.
I mean, if Roberto Luongo thought he had no confidence, Ilya Bryzgalov said it. In front of the media. I mean, he actually said he stinks. If Luongo allowed four goals on ten shots like Bryzgalov did last night at home against Winnipeg, I’m not sure Luongo would be able to get out of Rogers Arena without being lynched there and then. Now that’s goalie problems.
And again, things could be worse. We could be fans of the New York Islanders who, despite boasting a modest 3-4-1 record, are a ticking time bomb waiting to blow. With no new building coming, the few Islanders fans that remain are bracing themselves for the cold reality that their team could soon be relocating.
And finally, things could be worse. Despite having a Stanley Cup banner which is a proverbial ‘f@#$ you’ to Canucks fans, at least the Boston Bruins are having just as much trouble as Vancouver is. Perched in the Eastern Conference basement, the Canucks have the ability to say that they haven’t tumbled that far … yet.
Boy, all that has made me depressed. Here’s a video that, if you haven’t seen it yet, should brighten up your Friday: